Responsible Care (RC) Audits

Basic Stance

The RC audit is a management system to verify that the RC activities such as ensuring safety and the environment, and maintaining and improving the quality of chemical products are properly implemented. It also promotes process enhancement if areas for improvements are found in those activities.

To promote the Sumitomo Chemical Group’s RC global management, RC audit activities are used to study and evaluate duties executed in the course of business and the status of management and supervision from the perspectives of compliance, effectiveness, efficiency, and credibility of financial reporting. By offering advice and proposals for improvement and rationalization, we can prevent compliance violations, corruption, and errors as well as protect corporate assets and enhance operational efficiency. RC audits fulfill the functions of improving management at the Company and Group companies and aid in building, maintaining, and improving the internal control system (responsible audit rules) through the following four-step approach.

  • Step 1:
    Sharing Sumitomo’s Business Principles and Philosophy
  • Step 2:
    Promoting an understanding of and sharing in the Corporate Policy on Responsible Care (Safety, Health, the Environment and Product Quality); RC management systems; and Group Responsible Care Standards
  • Step 3:
    Establishing and developing RC management systems at each Group company
  • Step 4:
    Carrying out modifications to the direction and adjusting levels of RC activities by undergoing RC audits

Through face-to-face communication through each of the aforementioned steps, we have successfully provided assistance so that the RC management system is set in place by taking the scale, type of business, and attributes of each Group company into consideration. Relationships built on trust with Group companies that have been nurtured through these RC audits are utilized in various initiatives including individual support and the lively exchange of opinions aimed at resolving a wide range of issues at the Group companies.

Management System

Sumitomo Chemical has an independent RC audit team. The auditors specially designated by the executive officers in charge of RC have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and technical expertise. Based on the RC audit policies and plans approved by the Responsible Care (RC) Committee every year, these auditors directly visit and conduct audits of internal organizations as well as Group companies in Japan and overseas (consolidated business companies that have been determined to need auditing,
Group business companies for which auditing has been requested, and listed Group companies (including their subsidiaries)).
In addition, RC audits of internal Works and research labs are conducted from a management perspective by an audit team comprising Sumitomo Chemical’s executive officers in charge of RC. In line with the important direction provided during an RC audit, the Works and labs report their method for advancing corrective measures, the status of their Responsible Care activities, and important issues to the audit team for discussion.

The Scope and Cycle

In principle, RC audits are conducted every one or two years at Sumitomo Chemical’s Works and business sectors, and every three years at Group companies.

Responsible Care Auditing Framework

Goals and Results

Responsible Care Audit Results (Sumitomo Chemical Group)

FacilitiesFY2017FY2018FY2019
Professional audits*1Works 11 9 10
Research laboratories 0 1 3
Logistics centers 0 0 0
Business sectors 5 4 5
Group companies in Japan 10 14 18
Group companies overseas 10 13 9
Management audits*2Works and research laboratories 6 6 7
Total 42 47 52

Note: Refer to Responsible Care Auditing Framework for more details.

*1: Audits of systems and operations by specialists in each field

*2:Audits from a management perspective by Sumitomo Chemical officers

FY2019 Professional Audits for Facilities and Business Sectors (Sumitomo Chemical)

Area

Facilities
(Works, Research Laboratories)

Business Sectors
(Head Office Business Sectors)

Total
Good 23 1 24
Needs improvement 50 3 53
Needs to be examined 148 10 158
Total 221 14 235

Looking Ahead

We continually work to prevent compliance violations, corruption, and errors as well as to improve the management of both Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies while building, maintaining, and improving their internal control systems as needed.